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    Bryony nicked the camera, so this week I teamed up with Jamie McIntrye (our intern) and our scanner to supply images

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    Der Grief (best cover)

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart (including Thunderbirds stamp)

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Plausible Possible

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    Sci-Fi Lovers

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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Alex Moshakis,

Bryony is currently manning our Pick Me Up stall, so I’ve been tasked with bringing you the weekly dose of Things (which includes super cool stuff, pretty much as always)…

Der Grief Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Felix von Scheffer

The latest issue of Der Grief officially features one of the best magazine cover images of 2011. Thankfully, the rest of the magazine – which contains more photography as well as poetry and stories – is as good (and sometimes as equally amusing) as the cover in which its bound. Also, there’s an incredibly weird but kind of cool editorial letter in the magazine’s first few pages, highlighting the importance of laughter. I’d like to second that – laughter is important. I’d also like to stress how important it is to generally avoid speeding objects, and to share food sometimes.
www.dergreif-online.de

Stuff by Hattie Stewart Hattie Stewart

We sometimes receive bumper packs through the post. The packs don’t contain one thing, but instead house many, many different things. This week’s comes courtesy of Hattie Stewart, who sent in two zines, a sticker, and a super nice business card (all varying in size). As stand-alone objects they each work – they’re all as individually important as the next – but collectively they shout out load, grab hold of your attention and very nearly don’t let go. Also, she used a Thunderbirds stamp (see picture). Cool!!!
www.hattiestewart.blogspot.com

Go Into Town & Get Some Milk Caitlin Duennebir, Rabitt Books

Published by Rabbitt Books, Go Into Town & Get Some Milk is a small and wonderfully concise collection of images by photographer Caitlin Duennebir. A highlight is the book’s front page, which instead of a photograph features a poem that is perhaps intended to shed light on the series or else is meant as a weirdly abstract but nevertheless highly intriguing introduction to the book. The poem reads:

I’m sitting on the
back porch watching
people run up and
down the hill.
They should run because
at night that is where
all the skeletons go
to dance.
www.caitlinduennebier.co.uk
www.rabbitt.eu

Plausible Possible Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier

According to their website, Plausible Possible (consisting of Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier) is a “design agency that supports the development of private or public initiatives.” This featured piece of newsprint is their manifesto (of sorts) – an introduction to their philosophy and an articulate comment on what design really means.
www.plausiblepossible.com

Sci-Fi Lovers James Jessiman

London-based printmaker and illustrator James Jessiman sent us a print titled Sci-Fi Lovers or Sci-Fi Lovers 2011. It’s totally weird (it features a surreal act of marriage proposal in a psychedelic, fluorescent flower-covered room), but more importantly is completely representative of the craft and ability evident throughout all of Jessiman’s work.
www.jamesjessiman.com

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Posted by Alex Moshakis

Alex originally joined It’s Nice That as a designer but moved into editorial and oversaw the It’s Nice That magazine from Issue Six (July 2011) to Issue Eight (March 2012) before moving on that summer.

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  1. Evan-grothjan-spaces-its-nice-that-list

    You know what we’re like, always going all gaga over pretty colours and GIFS like little typing magpies. But we’re not all about a pretty picture over here at It’s Nice That; and neither is designer Evan Grothjan. While we admit we were initially drawn in by his vivid tones and abstract compositions, it turns out there’s a lot more to his Spaces series than crowd-pleasing aesthetics. Instead, the images form an ongoing investigation into the relationship between space and emotion; something Evan’s been interested in since studying animation as part of his Rhode Island School of Design course.

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    The current director of the Nottingham Contemporary gallery, Alex Farquharson, has been announced as the new director of Tate Britain. The 45-year-old founded the Nottingham Contemporary in 2009, launching the site with a show of David Hockney’s work from the 1960s. Alex says: “I am delighted to be joining Tate as director of Tate Britain. As the home of 500 years of British art, Tate Britain has a unique and fascinating position in the cultural life of the nation. I look forward to working with a highly skilled and experienced team of curators to share these histories with audiences of all kinds.”
      
    Tate director Nicholas Serota adds: “Alex Farquharson has established Nottingham Contemporary as one of the leading art galleries in the UK. He has created a programme that serves local and national audiences, working closely with artists and reflecting history as well as the present.” Alex will take up the director role in late autumn this year.

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    It’s the surreal quality and ambiguity in Los Angeles-based Alex G’s paintings that makes them so interesting. Contorted bodies climb, lounge and bend over pastel-coloured boxes, as though they’ve slipped mysteriously out of reality and into a limbo-like world. The uniformity of the figures adds to the peculiarity of the work, all of them with silhouetted hair and features and dressed in white T-shirts and shorts. Looking back through Alex’s work, it’s his current set of paintings, where he’s drifted away from the fantasy-like details and focused more on the on the abstract and obscure, that are strongest. The artist is set to have a show at The Dot Project, London in early October, a perfect chance to see the otherworldly details up close.

  4. Charlie-roberts-itsnicethat-list-2

    Artist Charlie Roberts is based in Oslo, but the energy and dynamism of his work belies the tranquility that I can’t help but associate with Norway’s serene landscapes. His past work dealt almost obsessively with collecting remnants of pop culture and laying them out in orderly lines to be documented, but more recently Charlie has shifted towards cool canvases depicting adolescents lazing about, smoking joints on car bonnets, wrapping their long arms around their friends and watching the world go by. It’s a relaxed portrait of young adulthood – all seductive almond eyes, tangled limbs, Nike sportswear and ripped jeans, and it feels like a sweet love letter to this universal but transitory time.

  5. Patrick-savile-itsnicethat-list

    If your long, arduous week has left you looking a bit sickly and slightly grey in colour, Patrick Savile might well be the man with the cure to pep you up for the weekend. A freelance illustrator and designer with experience working for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Pop magazine populating his back catalogue already, his Personal Zone (real section of his website) is full of abstract, sci-fi-influenced landscapes and textural objects floating bizarrely over fantastical scenes. There – we can see the bright yellow of the screen reflecting off those pallid cheeks already.

  6. Ai-weiwei-passport-int-list

    After four years of soft detention for Ai Weiwei’s social and political activism, the Chinese authorities have returned the artist’s passport. Ai Weiwei broke the news on Instagram today with a selfie brandishing the travel document. “Today, I picked up my passport,” he wrote in a caption.

  7. Sighht-its-nice-that-gif-list

    I don’t know too much about the Sighht Tumblr, but I know what I like, and what I like is weird glitchy net art, Throbbing Gristle and psychedelic flashy things that hurt the eyes and brain. Which is exactly what Sighht is, and with every scroll it gets stranger and more fascinating. After some internet detective work by our in-house super sleuth (and INT Works art director) Callum, who first spotted this little blog of joy, it was discovered that two men named Joel Evey and Peter Steineck are behind Sighht.

  8. Fundaci%c2%a2n-bot%c2%b0n_-sol-lewitt_-wall-drawing-413-(2)--its-nice-that-list

    At first, it seems a career as graphic designer for Seventeen magazine is rather different to that of a genre-defining conceptual artist. Laying out covers of lipsticked teens, first crush woes and nail art dilemmas surely requires a rather different head to one that could, say, provide probably the best known definition of conceptual art we have. Unless you’re Sol LeWitt, that is.

  9. Max-colson-itsnicethat-list

    If you live in a city, the chances are you’ve already encountered the digital composite images used to advertise the new “urban builds” popping up left, right and centre like ant hills in an otherwise lovely summer’s garden. Have you ever taken a second to recognise how hilarious a spectrum of “urban residents” they include though? A lovely smattering of white middle class men aged between 20 and 40, perpetually swinging briefcases, with the odd sweet-looking woman pushing a buggy for good measure.

  10. Jenny_holzer_hauser_and_wirth_int_list

    You would be forgiven for thinking Jenny Holzer’s hard-hitting work and guerrilla tactics would seem incongruous in the English countryside. Somerset is an unlikely setting for the American artist whose first public works Truisms began as posters dotted around Manhattan in the late 70s where, among many things, she first told the world “There’s a fine line between information and propaganda.” A few years later her plea to be saved from ourselves blazed above New York’s capitalist heart in Times Square: “Protect me from what I want.”

  11. Lj_cinema_moralia_int_list

    The split between the aesthetic and intellectual levels of Larry Johnson’s work is a dichotomy the California-born artist welcomes. But unlike much art that makes a spectacle of words, Johnson is in the business of subversion rather than critique, and manages not to fall prey to more well-trodden ideas that art and criticism are mirrors of each other. In an interview some years ago he argued the reason abstract painting exists is because people inherently like to look at nothing, and for an artist whose irreverent work so often conflates word and image, he is happy to enter the vacant realm of decoration.

  12. List-its-nice-that-caro_first-national-1964_jonty-wilde

    Somewhat hazily now I remember embarking on my art GCSE, first through the bowler hats and apples of Surrealism, via depictions of the Spanish Civil War to the far less familiar territory of abstract sculpture. The latter was brought to us in the form of the work of Anthony Caro, from dog-eared art book pages and monochrome photographs on bad photocopied printouts. We were tasked with sitting down to create our own Caro-esque moquettes from clay. It seemed a terrifying proposition: compared to the ubiquitous Dalis and comparatively straightforward narrative of Guernica, his shapes and lines felt incomprehensible to a 15-year-old brain. What were they for? Why were they there? I found the misty-eyed Caro-adoration of my art teacher Mrs Silk baffling.

  13. Klas_ernflo_trax_itsnicethat_list

    Swedish artist Klas Ernflo hasn’t graced our site since 2011, and while he’s been steadily creating work over the years it’s his latest work which takes the form of simple, methodical figures on boards that caught our eye. Like tidy hieroglyphics, Klas’ abstract forms seemingly focus on the environment with a pair of peachy legs and a delicate silhouette of a cow in the mass of paintings. But it’s the addition of the scientific-looking instruments and wiggly, wavy symbols that add an ambiguity to the world Klas is documenting.